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What is Digital Storytelling?


Digital Storytelling in the Elementary School


Types of Digital Stories

  • Personal Narrative
  • A work of Fiction
  • A Book Review, Report, or Booktalk
  • A documentary
  • Clay or Stop Animation
  • A poem  (ex:  Use a fill-in-the-blank poem creator, then create your digital story based on the poem)
  •  A class (or individual) show and tell
  • an "All About Me" or "Life Around Here" (students' city, home school, etc.) assignment

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